If you’re not a fan of using double pointed needles, a wonderful alternative is the so-called Magic Loop.  Using long circular needles, this technique for working in the round avoids the use of double pointed needles, even for items very small circumferences, like wee little socks, crowns of hats, and cuffs of sleeves… Magic! Our Magic Loop Tutorial explains the steps, but the basic concept is to divide your stitches between the tips of your circular needles, and to work each half of the stitches with the other needle. The trick is in sliding the stitches onto the cord in order to free up the needle so you can knit the stitches that remain on the other needle. Harder to explain than do… Follow along!

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Magic Loop | Purl Soho

And once you’ve mastered one piece on Magic Loop, why not try two? To knit sleeves and socks in double-time, check out our Magic Loop: Two At A Time Tutorial next!

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